Social change may take years, but you don’t have to learn how to be a changemaker.
Beginning in the spring of 2022, the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health will provide public health students with real-world, ready-to-use public health courses through a series of flexible, one-credit courses that provide them with the skills they need to improve their health. We have provided you with the opportunity to hone your skills. Achieve equity and social justice, combat racism and eliminate the social determinants of health.
Dean Michael C. Lu believes the Changemaker Microcourse series will build on its own Changemaker initiative, Berkeley Public Health, the nation’s leading school to educate the next generation of most transformative leaders and most disruptive innovators. considers it extremely important to his mission to
Classes are designed to fit students’ busy schedules and are designed to bridge the gap between research and impact, Lou said.
“Students come to BPH because they want to help change the world and address pressing global crises such as pandemics, chronic diseases, climate change and health disparities,” Lu said. “In other words, to be a public health transformative – working to fundamentally reduce health disparities by age, gender, race and sexual orientation.”
So far, the series has included courses on public health advocacy, strategic communication, community engagement, and leading change, all taught by leaders in their fields.
Teach Community Participation
Over the years, Berkeley Public Health has made important contributions to the theory and practice of community-based participatory research (CBPR), the idea that public health researchers should collaborate rather than community.
Professor Emeritus Meredith Minkler is a giant in this field. Her CBPR work has addressed health equity and social justice issues such as criminal justice reform and food insecurity. Along with her alumni Nina Wallerstein, she was the co-editor of the first major textbook in the field. Participatory research for community-based health.
Professor Minkler said his intention in designing the first microcourse, Community Engagement in Public Health and Healthcare Through an Anti-Racist Lens, in 2022 was to give students a sharper sense of the change they want to make in the world. He said that it is to be able to acquire self-confidence as well as to be able to wear it. and the skills to do it.
“We felt that there was a need for courses that could accommodate students in fields such as epidemiology, health policy and management. This student may not have time to attend a full semester of courses, but he or she may have access to the community in research and practice. We want to learn the basics of engagement,” Minkler said.
The 7-week class combines face-to-face classes with self-directed online modules, covering topics such as the importance of incorporating cultural humility and anti-racism practices into public health work and approaches such as community engagement. Teach students important strategies for working within the community. When assessing challenges and achievements.
Minkler, who designed the draft syllabus, recruited Dr. Vicky Gomez, an assistant professor at San Jose State University, and Dr. Brittany Chambers, an assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, to build the first class and collaborate with her. I taught at
Using a predominantly case-based approach, the three instructors will explain the core concepts, methodologies, and other foundational concepts of community engagement in public health and healthcare. Academic and professional leaders were also welcomed as guest speakers, the majority of whom were people of color, most of them from their local communities.
One of the most popular sessions was a panel discussion on transformation to make organizations more anti-racist. The panel discussion featured Jane Garcia, executive director of Auckland’s nationally recognized La Clinica de la Raza and listed by the Berkeley Public Health Department. 75 Most Influential Alumni (with Minkler), Alexis Cobbins, Executive Director of UCSF’s Preterm Birth Initiative.
“We all have very strong ties to our communities and universities, so we used that to invite speakers,” Gomez said. “People were excited to participate and share their experiences. The face-to-face sessions were really packed. There are so many genders.”
“Community involvement is something I’m really passionate about,” said Gomez, who holds a doctorate in public health from Berkeley Public Health. “I learned that from Mary herself.”
“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of working with the community and not against it,” Gomez said. “Often people end up working with the community out of good intentions, but that doesn’t make sense because they don’t allow the community to drive the process. We are happy to hear and ask to partner with you, and you will only know the solution.”
Mr. Chambers was a community health scientist dedicated to promoting sexual and reproductive health equity among people at BIPOC, with a primary focus on anti-racism research and practice. .
“My view is that students really wanted to learn how to practice anti-racism within the public health system, not just at the Berkeley Public Health Program,” Professor Chambers said. “One day, I hope to host a Changemaker micro-course across the University of California, where we can work together and leverage our collective resources to develop the next generation.”
“Change your life” micro-course
Berkeley Public Health MPH student Rashmi Varma, who already holds a PhD in Pharmacy from St. John’s University, praised the community engagement microcourse as “life-changing.”
“I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I thought it was a great opportunity,” said Varma as an active player. Albert Schweitzer Fellowis working to break the cycle of poverty in San Francisco by developing a microloan program for at-risk youth that encourages them to participate in job training.
“I realized I had the power to create a positive impact,” Varma said. “I am so grateful to have been introduced to professors who have helped me truly recognize the power within me.”
Minkler calls Varma’s study a perfect example of the kind of change the program wants students to make. She also believes that the broad thinking and concrete skills provided in microcourses can be applied to students who want to work in a wide range of fields, from food insecurity to homelessness to gun violence prevention to climate change.
“The kinds of skills we teach are very important in doing public health and social justice work in the real world,” she said.
The 7-week Community Engagement Mini-Course will resume in Fall 2023. Dr. Evan Van Van Domelen Gonzales will be in charge this time, with Dr. Derek M. Griffiths as Course Consultant and Guest as his Presenter. The course runs from October 13th to December 2nd.
Academic Director of Berkeley Public Health’s Online MPH Program, VanDommelen has over 20 years of professional experience in bilingual community health research and education. Griffith is the founding co-director of the Institute for Racial Justice at Georgetown University and the founder and director of the Center for Men’s Health Equity. He is also a professor of health care and policy and oncology at Georgetown University and is widely known for his leadership and academic work in anti-racism and community engagement research and practice.
Our second fall 2023 microcourse, Leadership for Public Health Transformers, is designed to prepare students for leadership roles here at UC Berkeley and public health workers. The course will be led by Alex Budak, a popular lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Haas Global Access Program Leader, and Faculty Director of Berkeley Executive Education.
“One of the greatest joys of teaching at UC Berkeley is being able to teach changemaker leadership skills to people of all ages and experience levels,” Budak said. “From curiosity to flexibility to courage, the traits we explore in our classes apply to each of us at every stage of our careers.”
Budak, author of the book of the year 2022 become a changemakerhe said, believing that anyone who chooses to dedicate their working life to the field of public health is already well on its way to becoming a changemaker.
“My goal with this class is to reinforce that energy and help students grow into the effective change agents our community needs right now.”
The Leadership Micro Course will be held on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.from August 23rd to October 14th with The second session is from October 15th to December 2nd. Although the course is short, Budak believes students will finish the course answering his three key questions for public health leaders. How do they choose leadership? And what will they choose to lead?
“Leadership is the lens for creating positive change, whether in a career, community, team or organization,” he said. “I hope students leave with a clear vision of what their leadership will make possible.”
Each 1-unit Changemaker microcourse includes 15 hours of instruction combined with asynchronous videos and interactive workshops. Additionally, each course may include up to 30 hours of work including readings, activities, reflections and application projects.
The Changemaker Micro-Course curriculum continues to expand, with additional classes on Strategic Communication and Advocacy in the future. Leadership, innovation, futurism and storytelling.